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Ghosts of Wales podcast brings long-lost tales of real-life hauntings on world's first weekly podcast dedicated to Welsh folklore, myths, legends and hauntings

Ghosts of Wales podcast brings real-life “most haunted” stories to the world’s first weekly podcast dedicated to Welsh folklore, myths, legends and hauntings

You’ve read the books and attended the live events, but did you know you can listen to Mark Rees’ Ghosts of Wales podcast every week on Ghosts and Folklore with Mark Rees?

Back in early 2020, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) launched the world’s first weekly podcast dedicated to the myths, legends, folklore and, as the name suggests ghosts of Wales.

It quickly picked up a growing global following and even a few imitators, and will soon be celebrating its first anniversary – keep an eye out for the birthday special!

Paranormal Wales podcast episodes

Ghosts of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

There are dozens of episodes online now exploring everything from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion,

But if you’re looking for Ghost of Wales podcast stories in particular, we recommend checking out these spine-chillers to start with:

The Murdered Knight: The spectre of a slain warrior returns to a secluded Welsh farm house

A Ghost Story for Christmas Eve; or, Festive Spirits at the Inn: Paranormal activity at a Welsh town’s “most haunted” pub

Ghost Hunting in Wales’ “Most Haunted” Places: Paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal join Mark Rees on the show

Halloween Special – Ghosts of Wales Live!: Ghost hunting in Wales’ “most haunted” places to launch Paranormal Wales

The Ghost Train from the Future: A paranormal locomotive terrifies a Welsh farmer

Wraith of a Murderer Stalks Abroad: In Victorian Swansea, a murderer – it is claimed – returns to haunt his former neighbours…

The Phantom Carriage and other real-life ghost stories: A special bonus episode featuring three short ghost stories

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Haunted Wales!; or, Creepy Welsh Castles: The ghosts of Gwrych Castle

The Many Ghosts of Dylan Thomas: Did the Welsh poet go gently into that good night, or does he rage, rage, against the dying of the light?

The Real-life Ghost-hunting Scooby-Doo Dog and the paranormal hoaxers: The dastardly villains who impersonated ghosts in the Victorian era

The Women in White haunting either side of the Severn Bridge: Ghosts that swear at people and dress up in the clothing of the clergy

A Ghost to Rival Hamlet’s Father: How a spook helped the police discover a buried skull in Swansea

The Two-Headed Phantom of Wales: The grisly tale of the ghost with an extra head

Ghost books by Mark Rees

Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees

Mark’s spooky books, including Ghosts of Wales and Paranormal Wales, are available now from all good bookshops. Check out the books page for more details, or order online here.

The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP35 The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn

The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn

Have you ever heard sweet music drifting on the breeze as you walk home through the woods at night? And what would happen if you followed that music, and were lured into an endless dance with the Welsh fairy folk – y Tylwyth Teg?

To find out more, join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates this seaside tale in which Witch’s Point on the south Wales coast really does live up to its name.

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea: In this eerie ghost story of death omens and clairvoyance, a witch’s dire prophesy brings tragic news to an unsuspecting young man.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more Welsh ghost stories in Paranormal Wales!

Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees, author of Ghosts of Wales and host of Ghosts & Folklore podcast

PARANORMAL WALES by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by Amberley Publishing, here’s the blurb:

Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track.

Witchcraft by the Welsh Sea: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea; or, A Tragic Prophesy: An eerie “real life” ghost story of death omens, clairvoyance, and a witch’s dire prophesy on the Welsh coast – Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

Witchcraft by the Sea; or, A Tragic Prophesy

Do you believe in clairvoyance? What about fortune telling? What about death dogs that follow people home from lonely beaches after midnight?

One Welsh man thought it was all a load of rubbish, but soon changed his mind after a chilling death omen was sent his way from an all-seeing 19th century witch.

To find out more, join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates this seaside tale in which Witch’s Point on the south Wales coast really does live up to its name.

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The dark history of Wales’ patron saint of love, the folklore of Ynys Llanddwyn – the ‘Island of Love’, and how to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more Welsh ghost stories in Paranormal Wales!

Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees, author of Ghosts of Wales and host of Ghosts & Folklore podcast

PARANORMAL WALES by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by Amberley Publishing, here’s the blurb:

Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track.

St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The fascinating history and folklore of Wales’ patron saint of love, how to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen, and Ynys Llanddwyn the ‘island of love.’

St Dwynen: According to the legend, the life of fifth-century saint was far from easy.

She is said to have forsaken love for herself in order to bring it to others, and was granted wished by angels, and a magic potion, in order to make it happen from a church off the coast of Anglesey. 

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates her former home and site of pilgrimage on the island of Ynys Llanddwyn, and how she is celebrated annually on January 25.

So never mind St Valentine’s Day – celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynen!

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP32 The Murdered Knight: A chilling real-life “Ghosts of Wales” tale in which the spectre of a slain warrior returns to a secluded Welsh farm house.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more about Santes Dwynwen in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

The Ghost of a Murdered Knight: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP32 The Murdered Knight: A chilling real-life “Ghosts of Wales” tale, in which the spectre of a slain warrior returns to a secluded Welsh farm house and turns a paranormal sceptic into a true believer

The Ghosts and Folklore podcast kicks off 2021 in the best possible way – with a real-life “Ghosts of Wales” story sure to send a shiver down your spine!

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates a long-lost tale from the Victorian archives, in which an “intelligent” man is turned from a hard-nosed sceptic to a true believer in the paranormal after spending the night in a secluded farm house.

What he experienced that night forever changed him… dare you listen to all the strange details?

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP31 New Year’s Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Read more about the “Murdered Knight” in Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives

Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees

For more real-life Welsh ghost stories like this one check out Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives, available now from all good bookshops and online.

New Year’s Folklore of Wales: A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast end-of-year special

A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast - Mari Lwyd on the New Year's Eve special

EP31 New Year’s Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it’s out with the old and in with the new as Mark Rees explores the history of Welsh folklore on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

It’s out with the old and in with the new on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

Join Mark Rees (author of Paranormal Wales/ Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the old New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions, from such curious customs as the Mari Lwyd to seasonal favourite Calennig.

Is it good luck or bad luck if a you see a woman before a man on New Year’s Day? Press play to find out!

Happy new Year/ blwyddyn newydd dda!

The Mari Lwyd/ Christmas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there’ll be a new special episode of this podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

These include such folkloric favourites as the Mari Lwyd, a haunted pubs and even a magical Christmas tree.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – yes, there’ll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Day traditions and customs, from kissing under the mistletoe and light-filled Plygain services to Sion Corn (Santa Claus) and the Mari Lwyd.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more Welsh folklore in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Christmas special

Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Christmas special

EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Day traditions and customs, from kissing under the mistletoe and light-filled Plygain services to Sion Corn (Santa Claus) and the Mari Lwyd

It’s Christmas Eve – the perfect time to pull up a chair next to the log fire, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and listen to some old folklore of Wales.

In this festive special, Mark Rees takes a look at:

• Why kissing under the mistletoe isn’t just about the romance

• The incredible Plygain services, in which countless candles are used to illuminate the night

• How the town of Tenby ensured nobody had a lie-in on Christmas Day

• A return of the horse-skulled Mari Lwyd

• And even revealing Father Christmas’s first name… well, maybe!

For some of the answers – and even more questions – press play and join Mark Rees for the latest special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees.

Merry Christmas / Nadolig llawen! 

The Mari Lwyd/ Christmas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there’ll be a new special episode of this podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

These include such folkloric favourites as the Mari Lwyd, a haunted pubs and even a magical Christmas tree.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – yes, there’ll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP29 The Magical Christmas Tree… and a few ghosts!: The curious tale of a tree that blossomed in a west Wales garden every Christmas Eve.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more about the Welsh Christmas folklore in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

The Magical Welsh Christmas Tree: A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Christmas special

EP29 Christmas Eve Ghosts & Folklore: The Magical Welsh Christmas Tree and the haunted garden of Wales

Welsh folklore tells us that on Christmas Eve a magical Christmas tree would spring to life in the garden of a west Wales mansion.

But what was its supernatural purpose, and where did it come from? And more to the point, where is it now?

According to the old tale the tree was destroyed, but that isn’t the whole story. In fact, it still be active to this day, if you know where to look.

But beware!

Before you go searching for this wonderous tree, in true Christmas tradition, there are several ghost stories connected to this location, and there are some who believe that spirits roam the very same garden…

For some of the answers – and even more questions – press play and join Mark Rees for the latest special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees.

Merry Christmas/ Nadolig llawen! 

The Mari Lwyd/ Christmas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there’ll be a new special episode of this podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

These include such folkloric favourites as the Mari Lwyd, a haunted pubs and even a magical Christmas tree.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – yes, there’ll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP28: A Ghost Story for Christmas Eve; or, The “Most Haunted” Haunted Pub’s Festive Spirit.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more about the magical Christmas Tree in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

A Ghost Story for Christmas Eve; or, Festive Spirits at the Haunted Welsh Pub: A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Christmas special

EP28 A Ghost Story for Christmas: Ghosts and Folklore podcast with Mark Rees

There is a Welsh pub which is said to be haunted by many ghosts, which range from the good old “lady in black” to a “headless cavalier.”

They are, for most part, seemingly harmless enough, but on Christmas Eve a more troublesome phantom – a pesky poltergeist, you might say – has been known to cause mischief at the Castle Hotel in Neath.

This spirit – of the supernatural variety, rather than the alcoholic – has been reported on more than one occasion, and by multiple witnesses.

What is causing such a commotion on what should be a holy night, when nothing stirs, not even a mouse?

For some answers – and probably even more questions – please join your host Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales etc.) for a special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees.

Merry Christmas / Nadolig llawen! 

The Mari Lwyd/ Christmas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there’ll be a new special episode of this podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

These include such folkloric favourites as the Mari Lwyd, a haunted pubs and even a magical Christmas tree.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – yes, there’ll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP27: Mari Lwyd, the Welsh Christmas “Ghost Horse”: Secret history and folklore of the “bone horse” of Wales.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this “A Ghost Story for Christmas” episode? Read more about the The Castle Hotel in Paranormal Wales!

Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees, author of Ghosts of Wales and host of Ghosts & Folklore podcast

PARANORMAL WALES by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by Amberley Publishing, here’s the blurb:

Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track.

Mari Lwyd, the Welsh Christmas “Ghost Horse” podcast: Secret history and folklore of the “bone horse” of Wales

The Mari Lwyd on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

EP27 The Mari Lwyd on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast with Mark Rees

The Mari Lwyd is arguably the most well-known character in Welsh folklore.

But why do people carry a horse’s skull door-to-door late at night, and challenge their neighbours to a battle in verse?

In a similar way to Krampus, the Central European “evil Santa”, and Gryla, the Icelandic troll, this curious Christmas custom fascinates people around the world.

The Mari Lwyd/ Christmas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

In this special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast, author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) goes in search of some long-lost answers in the Welsh folklore archives:

• What happens if the Mari Lwyd gains entry to your house, and how can you pacify it?

• Does the skull hide a much darker meaning, and could it really be known as the Grey Death?

• What connection does it have with Christianity and the Virgin Mary?

• Are its origins linked with ancient Celtic beliefs in death and rebirth?

• And most importantly – does it really terrify people and challenge them to a “rap battle” just to get beer and cake?

For some of the answers – and even more questions – listen to the latest episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast.

Merry Christmas/ Nadolig llawen! 

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Mari Lwyd podcast - A Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees Christmas special

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there’ll be a new special episode of this podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

These include such folkloric favourites as the Mari Lwyd, a haunted pubs and even a magical Christmas tree.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – yes, there’ll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP26 Ghost Hunting in Wales’ “Most Haunted” Places with paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more about the Mari Lwyd in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.